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Transactions, Development and Finance at Core of Upcoming Conference

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Later this month, the Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law will present the Twenty-Fifth Institute on Real Property Law and the Thirty-Seventh Institute on Condominium and Cluster Developments at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The conference will take place on Oct. 24 through Oct. 26.

The Institute on Real Property Law is designed to present current topics of interest to attorneys and other professionals involved in real estate transactions, development and finance. The sessions will contain updates of Florida real property case law and legislation. The finance update will present a practical discussion of securitization and servicing of mortgages affecting the real estate practitioner. The land use update will present a discussion of post-foreclosure status of entitlements and permits. Another session will focus on titles, with discussion of the issue of curing title defects during the foreclosure process, and followed by a construction law update presenting case law, legislation and other current construction issues.

A discussion of sustainability, focusing on incorporating sustainable development concepts into real estate projects, will conclude with an ethics presentation of real estate malpractice in Florida, to include steps to be taken by the practitioner to avoid legal malpractice.

A luncheon roundtable will concentrate on expert analysis of the real estate market and its trends, and address the issue of whether new investment patterns have evolved in the current real estate recovery.

The Institute on Condominium Law and Cluster Development is designed to update condominium and planned development law generally and explore in detail particular topics of current interest. Sessions will explore recent developments in judicial, legislative, arbitration and administrative matters, with a discussion of legal issues created by e-mail communications affecting community association operations and suggestions for community association practitioners to address such issues.

The Luncheon Roundtable will present varying viewpoints on the condominium and multi-family markets, including economic and development trends. Other sessions will emphasize financial updates, with discussion of developer and community association financial issues and liability avoidance, and strategic issues affecting condominium successor developers, including the determination of status as a bulk buyer or bulk assignee and issues concerning whether an existing condominium regime should be terminated. There will be a panel discussion of resort and hotel condominium operational issues, followed by a discussion of the continuing financial struggle between community associations and lenders.

The final sessions will include presentations regarding office and other commercial condominiums, including developer and operational issues and a discussion of ethical dilemmas resulting from the distressed community, including the perspectives of owner, lender, association and bulk purchaser.

The Institute will conclude with the annual "Meeting with the Division," an open forum with discussion of issues confronting both developer and community association practitioners.

Continuing legal education credits in the areas of Appellate Practice, Real Estate, Civil Trail, and City, County, and Local Government for the Florida Bar are 8.5 General C.L.E.R. for the Real Property Institute. For the Condominium and Cluster Developments, the credits apply in the same practice areas and are 13.0 General C.L.E.R. including 1.0 Ethics.